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Homeschool Programs

Looking for experiences and programming that supplement your homechool science curriculum?

SCI homeschool programming supports the Iowa Core and National Science Standards and is accurate, relevant and fun! Your Science Center of Iowa experience will reflect the quality of our fully accredited institution, endorsed by AAM and ASTC.

Homeschool Science Series

SCI’s Homeschool Science Series invites families of all ages and grade levels to explore science topics by diving deeper into the themes of the SCI exhibits you know and love. With hands-on workshops for students and parents, the Homeschool Science Series is a unique opportunity for homeschoolers to enhance their curriculum through STEM programming led by SCI staff.

Workshops also provide an opportunity for homeschoolers to share ideas and expand their network of like-minded learners. The Homeschool Science Series will be held in SCI’s lab spaces, and we invite you to visit the corresponding experience platform after each workshop.

The Homeschool Science Series will be held in SCI’s lab spaces, and we invite you to visit the corresponding experience platform after each workshop.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

  • March 21, 9:45–10:45 am — Characteristics of Conductivity
    Get an inside look into the work of an electrician. Learn about the flow of electrons and the components needed to complete a circuit. Investigate a variety of materials to discover characteristics of conductivity. Use what you have learned to create a paper circuit that you can take home. Follow up with a visit to Founders Hall to investigate circuit blocks.

  • April 4, 9:45–10:45 am — Mechanical Motion
    Get an inside look into the work of an engineer. Experiment with the four forms of mechanical motion: rotary, linear, reciprocating and oscillating. Build structures that will create a force to cause an object to move in one of these motions. Follow up with a visit to the Ball Wall to see mechanical motion in action.

  • April 18, 9:45–10:45 am — Fabrication Foundations
    Get an inside look into the work of a construction manager. Bridges, roads, buildings and homes are created by combining or arranging parts. Fabrication involves making something by art or skill and labor. Build different types of structures using various materials and test them for efficiency. Follow up with using our Imagination Playground.

  • May 2, 9:45–10:45 am — Robo Code
    Get an inside look into the work of a computer programmer. Coding and programming are 21st century skills that are important to our society. Learn how to use computational thinking to program robots. Follow up with a showing of Dream Big in our Blank IMAX Dome Theater. (Member IMAX ticket price is $5.00. Non-member IMAX ticket price is $5.50.)

  • May 16, 10:00 am–12:00 pm — Homeschool Innovation Showcase
    Come and showcase the amazing projects you have created. Student participants will be provided table space and free admission to the Science Center of Iowa for the day. Free with attendance to any Homeschool Science Series workshop.

Class Options:
To accommodate a variety of skills and learning levels, two tracks are available for Homeschool Science Series workshops:

  • Novice (ages 4–8)
  • Practioner (ages 9–14)
  • BONUS: Parents are invited to take part in a concurrent workshop that will support the learning of their students.

Pricing:

  • SCI Members = $10 per child
  • Non-members = $19 per child

Workshop registration includes materials and admission to SCI for the day. Parents receive free workshop admission. Additional children over the age of 2 will need to purchase ticket for admission.

Registration:
To register for workshops, click the button below and find the date of your workshop or call the SCI Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222.

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Questions?
Contact the Education Team at educators@sciowa.org or call 515-274-6868 ext. 255.